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Highlights of New York's Child Passenger Protection Act

First-time offenders with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more or impaired by drugs while a child younger than 16 years old is in the vehicle may be charged with a class E felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

Individuals charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more and with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle would automatically have their license suspended pending prosecution.

Courts must order drivers convicted of a misdemeanor or felony DWI to install and maintain an ignition interlock on any vehicle they own and operate for at least six months, in addition to any term of imprisonment.

Intoxicated or drug-impaired drivers who cause the death of a child younger than 16 in the car may be charged with a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in state prison.

Intoxicated or drug-impaired drivers who cause serious physical injury to a child in the vehicle may be charged with the Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.

Parents, guardians, custodians and others legally responsible for a child who are charged with driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs while that child is a passenger in the car would be reported to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.

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